By Daniel Edu
Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, has issued a challenge to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), daring them to attempt to expel him.
Addressing the prospect of being ousted from the PDP due to alleged anti-party activities, Wike confidently confronted those entertaining the idea, stating, “No one has the power to expel me.”
Wike made these remarks during an appearance on the “Politics Today” program on Channels Television, held on Wednesday evening.
The former governor of Rivers State emphasized that he has not encountered any PDP leader with the authority to remove him from the party.
“Only the individual who can suspend me is one who cannot deliver a governor, three senators, and Assembly members. I have yet to identify such a person. No one will take that action,” Wike asserted.
He questioned, “Who possesses the authority to discipline me? If anyone should be advocating for discipline, it should be me, as these individuals have violated the party’s constitution,” the minister added.
Continuing, he declared, “When the party stipulates rotation and you violate the party’s constitution, who will dare claim they can suspend me? Who could that be?”
Wike also clarified that he is aligned with President Bola Tinubu and not with the All Progressives Congress (APC), highlighting that he feels no need to apologize to anyone.
“I am not aligned with the APC. I am aligned with Tinubu, who trusts me to contribute to the success of the Renewed Hope,” he remarked, further stating, “I owe no one an apology. I was a member of the PDP, and I supported Ahmed Bola Tinubu in his bid to become the President of Nigeria.”
Regarding infrastructure development, the FCT minister disclosed that the Abuja Metro Line is anticipated to be operational within the coming eight months. He pledged to uphold the FCT masterplan, regardless of whose interests might be affected, asserting that the affluent residents are often the ones violating regulations.
“In the next eight months, the Abuja metro line will be operational,” the minister announced, and added, “In our country today, who are the primary violators of regulations? Are there any underprivileged individuals disrupting the FCT masterplan? Are the residents of Asokoro, Maitama, or Garki living in poverty? Let’s consider the facts.”